Indigenous Anti-Mine Art and more Zedlines

Northern Territory Indigenous Australians are using art to hit back at the McArthur River Mine, through a new exhibition at the Darwin Festival. (Image: Flickr/LockTheGateAlliance)

Indigenous leaders from the Borroloola area were photographed with strong statements and words of protest written across their bare chests.

A leader in the Garawa tribe, Jack Green, says the goal is to show Australians that they are hurting on the inside due to the damage being done to their sacred land.

The exhibit aims to raise awareness to the rising toxicity levels and contaminated rivers that have been caused by the controversial mine.

Government Accuses Labor of Conspiracy with New Zealand and more Zedlines

Leader of the House, Christopher Pyne has accused Labor of being involved in a conspiracy with New Zealand to bring down the Australian government.

These claims come after a member of the New Zealand Labour Party revealed that the Australian Labour Party inquired about dual citizens in the parliament, leading New Zealand to reveal Barnaby Joyce’s citizenship status.

Malcolm Turnbull supported Pyne’s claims saying that “Bill Shorten wants to steal government by entering a conspiracy with a foreign power”.

It is expected that the government will now investigate Labor for dual citizens.


QUT Discrimination Case Returns to Court

North Korea “Ready to Strike” and more Zedlines

North Korea has inched closer to an attack on Guam after leader Kim Jong-un received a report outlining the plan to launch missiles towards the country.

Kim Jong-un has apparently ordered his army to be ready to strike at any time, and says he is keeping an eye on how the United States will react.

A North Korean News agency says the US is responsible for avoiding military conflict and ease tensions between the two superpowers.


Car Powered By Sewage

A car that is powered by electricity generated by Brisbane’s sewage treatment has hit the city’s streets, making it the first in Australia.

Clive Palmer Allegations

Government-appointed liquidators who have been tasked with assessing Queensland Nickel have expressed concerns that Clive Palmer may be offloading asset as they are unable to determine the extent of his personal fortune.

New Regulations For Snorkelling and Diving in Queensland
Changes to snorkelling and diving regulations are being made in Queensland after 10 people died in the water between July and December last year.

As part of new safety measures, at-risk snorkelers will have to wear flotation devices at the Great Barrier Reef and other diving areas, as well as being made to wear a different coloured vest so they are easier to spot.

Turnbull Claims Joyce is Still Eligible for Parliament and more Zedlines

Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus claims that Malcolm Turnbull has come “perilously close” to demanding the high court rule that deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is still eligible to serve in parliament.

It was revealed yesterday that Barnaby Joyce is a dual citizen of New Zealand, as his father was born there.

Malcolm Turnbull claimed that Joyce is “qualified to sit in the house and the High Court will so hold” despite Labor claiming he should resign, while the Greens maintain that an audit of citizenship should be completed.


QR Offers Free Transport for a Week

More exposure to diversity equals less prejudice and more Zedlines...

New research by RMIT has found that people living in more diverse suburbs are less likely to express or experience Islamophobia.

The study led by Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker and Associate Professor Karien Dekker examined whether the religious visibility of Muslim residents had an impact on local community cohesion and Islamophobia.

Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker says the study confirms the suggestion of the ‘contact theory’: that direct social interaction with minority groups leads to the diminishing of prejudice against them.



Winter takes a break for the week


QLD Premier demands apology from Queensland Rail after latest train debacle and more Zedlines...

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is calling for Queensland Rail to apologise to every passenger left trapped on a train for almost three hours on friday night.

Reports of stranded passengers having to urinate in the carriage were labelled as horrific by the Premier.

Passengers heading into the city were stuck on the Ferny Grove line with many people venting their frustrations on social media as they could do nothing but sit and wait stranded between the Windsor and Bowen hills stations.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls says he could not believe the QR thought the stranding was an important issue when it had given no apology and offered a measly $1.50 refund tickets.

Josh Frydenberg says new coal plants have a role in Australia’s energy future and more Zedlines...

Australia’s energy minister says new high-efficiency low-emission coal-fired power plants have a role in Australia’s energy future.

Energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg says the new coal plants need to be considered alongside other sources of power, and that the government could intervene if the market failed to deliver the best possible outcomes.

When asked about the Finkel review’s recommendation for a clean energy target, Frydenberg says there was no need to rush the decision, because the clean energy target wouldn’t come into force until 2020.


Surf LifeSavers in training to perform at the commonwealth games


2016 hottest year on record...and more Zedlines

A US government agency has reported that 2016 was the hottest year on record, continuing a streak for the third year of record global warmth.

The State of Climate in 2016 report is compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and based on contributions from around 500 scientists from more than 60 countries.

It states that 2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year in 137 years since records began, as a result of long-term global warming and a strong El Nino weather phenomenon of sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean hitting record highs, and that global surface temperatures.

No Acid Found in Logan River and More Zedlines...

Authorities are assuring residents that the Logan river has not been contaminated after a tanker transporting hazardous chemicals exploded on the M1 motorway last Friday. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) confirmed a substantial quantity of hydrochloric acid has been released into a creek that flows into the Logan river, however the acid has since been contained and neutralised.

The spokesperson from EHP says the department is confident that no contaminated water has entered the Logan river.


No levy for interstate trash

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